Of Possible Interest

 

  • To Bee Keep or Not to Bee Keep- That’s the Question
    Cultivating a Sustainable Garden with Beekeeping

    Oct. 17, 2018 -At least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of all plants require cross-pollination to spread and thrive, making bees an important part of any ecosystem.

    Pollinators, and bees specifically, work to create many benefits for humans and the Earth we live on, and one of those is to increase the health of your garden.

    Whether you are a fan of honey, want to incorporate more beautiful flowers into your space or love being able to have a positive impact on the environment, beekeeping can prove to be a fun, sustainable hobby while also providing you with a way to improve the health of your garden and home.

    Click to learn more
    from the Greener Ideal.

  • On Deck: Endangered Species Playing Cards
    Extinction in a Handful of Cards

    As reviewer John Platt wandered the aisles of Rose City Comic-Con in Portland in September (2018), his eyes kept taking in images of the dying and the deceased. Many of the attending artists, I found, were selling artwork and prints of endangered or extinct species. This included plenty of images of dinosaurs — you’d expect that from such an imaginative crowd — but also a fair share of tigers, rhinos, orangutans and polar bears.

    And then there was one of the most unusual items I found at this year’s convention: a tiny pack of playing cards devoted to extinction. Called simply “The 6th Extinction,” it’s like any normal deck of cards — except that in addition to your traditional hearts and clubs, each card also contains a painting or drawing of a species that has been lost due to human activity.

    Click to read more from
     The Revelator.

  • Do Right by the Right Whale
    Protect North Atlantic Right
    Whales from Deadly Entanglements

    -North Atlantic right whales could be extinct in the wild by 2040 -- and the two leading reasons for human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.

    The US government has lowered permitted vessel speeds to reduce ship strikes. But to save these whales we have to prevent deadly fishing entanglements too.

    Click now to sign this petition.

  • Saving Wolves - Ethical or Unethical?
    The Ethics of Saving Wolves

    July 11, 2018 -What is it about wolves that drive so much passion — either to conserve them and rebuild their populations or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, to hunt them or even remove them from the wild?

    Answering that question gets to the heart of what it means to be human and what wolves mean to people, says Michael P. Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Revelator.

  • Durrell Wildlife Trust
    The Many Ways They Defend Species

    An organization fully dedicated to the preservation of species. Their website contains many stories, videos and images to get their message across.

    Click now to get to the site.

  • Lions Have Their Own Day
    Main Cause for Mane Claws

    August 11, 2017 - Today is World Lion Day, and we can't think of a better way to spend it than raising critically needed funds for research-driven, field-tested strategies that will help save one of the most awe-inspiring species on Earth.

    Click to see how you can help.

  • Swans: Get the Lead Out
    Search And Rescue For
    Lead-Poisoned Swans

    Feb. 3, 2017,- When Martha Jordan arrived on scene, an elegant white bird with a black beak, a symbol of grace and beauty, lay draped across the tall grass at the edge of a lake. Jordan trudged through the marsh, scooped up its emaciated, 10-pound body and cradled the dead bird in her arms.

  • Take The Arctic Wildlife Quiz
    How Much Do You
    Know About Arctic Wildlife?

    Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), see how much you actually know.

 

 

  • The Swift Fox is In Trouble
    Swift Fox May Not Be
    Swift Enough to Avoid Extinction

    - Although historically common and widely distributed in short- and mixed-grass prairies of the Great Plains, swift foxes have experienced significant population declines and are now estimated to occupy less than half of their historic range in the United States. In the face of this enormous decline, a multi-stakeholder, comprehensive approach is required to restore swift fox populations across the Northern Great Plains and beyond. Collaboration among tribal communities, universities, conservation organizations, state and government agencies, and private landowners is essential for the swift fox to make a viable comeback.

    Click now for the news
    from World Wildlife Federation.

  • Polar Bears International
    Polar Bears International -
    Yes, They Have Their Own Group

    Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. We also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate.

  • Earth-Friendly Diet
    Eat Less Meat: Save More Wildlife

    Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse.

    That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched their Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

  • The Last of Their Kind
    Eight Species On Life Support

    Oct. 3, 2016 - Other than the remote hope of cloning extinct animals, ponderings about extinct creatures are reserved for the imagination. Extinction is the reason we should cherish the creatures that still roam the planet, the ones we still have a chance to experience. This is especially true when it comes to creatures teetering on the brink of extinction.

    Click now for a glimpse
    (while you still can).

  • End of a Bumble Bee Species
    This Bumble Bee Is About to Go Extinct

    Sept. 28, 2016 -The rusty patched bumble bee, which can be identified by a rust-colored patch on its abdomen, was once a commonly seen pollinator from the midwest to the east coast. Unfortunately, scientists believe that it has disappeared from 87% of its historic range since the 1990s and that its population has declined by a startling 95%.

    Click now for a bad buzz.

  • Last 100 Yrs of Animal Extinction
    Every Extinct Animal Since 1916

    Click now for the images
    and the rest of the story.

  • Fla. Endangered Species Slideshow
    Endangered Panther Slide Show

    From Sierra Club - presented by Associated Organizing Representative, Aexis Meyer, MSc -This slideshow is being presented by Ms Meyer at various Sierra Club venues thorouhgout the country. It keys in on why we need to protect panthers and other endangered animals.

  • Bluefin Tuna Danger
    Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Are In Trouble

    This largest of tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet...

    Click now for more and
    to watch a video.



The World's Ten Most Threatened Species

Ivory Billed WP
Ivory-Billed
Woodpecker
Armor
Leopard
Javan Rhino
Javan
Rhino
Bamboo Lemur
Greater
Bamboo Lemur
Northern Right Whale
Northern
Right Whale
Mountain Gorilla
Mountain
Gorilla
LeatherbackTurtle
Leatherback
Turtle
Siberian Tiger
Siberian
Tiger
Chinese Giant Salamander
Chinese Giant
Salamander
Hawaiian Monk Seals
Hawaain
Monk Seal
 

Endangered Species News

 
  • Frogs’ Numbers Are Significantly Declining
    Frogs Are Disappearing. What Does That Mean?

    Oct. 18, 2018 -The Dusky Gopher Frog, once endemic to the longleaf pine savannas of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana — and now listed among the 100 most endangered species on earth — is tiny, dark and warty. The creature is often described as both secretive and shockingly loud, with a rumbling, back-of-the-throat mating call that is uncannily close to the human snore. It hides from the sun almost its whole life, finding shelter in burned-out tree stumps. And although it’s armed against danger (its glands secrete poison), in the presence of a predator, the three-inch-long frog lifts its front legs to cover its eyes, like a child pretending to be invisible: You can’t see it if it can’t see you.

    Click now to read more from
     The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Is the Endangered Species Act About to Go Extinct?
    Why We Must Save the Endangered
    Species Act from the Trump Administration

    Sept. 20,2018 -Urged on by the oil and gas industry, the Trump administration is moving to drastically weaken the Endangered Species Act. But the act, writes a former U.S. Interior Secretary, has saved hundreds of species that might now be extinct, while allowing for well-managed development.

    Since taking office, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has set out to eviscerate the act by restricting and manipulating scientific research, by narrowing the review process, and by hiring underlings dedicated to its destruction. And now Republicans in Congress, who realize they could lose their majorities in the November midterm elections, are threatening to join the wrecking crew with a host of destructive amendments that would further weaken the act.

    Click to read more from YaleEnvironment360.

  • DNA Points to Elephant Tusk Trafficking
    DNA From Seized Elephant Ivory Unmasks
    3 Big Trafficking Cartels in Africa

    Sept. 19, 2018 -Identifying matching elephant DNA in different shipments of tusks can help scientific sleuths connect the shipments to the same ivory trafficking cartel, a new study finds. That technique has already revealed the presence of three major interconnected cartels that are active in Africa, researchers report September 19 in Science Advances.

    Click now to learn more from  Science News

  • Plant Microbiome Could Help Future Farmers And Conservationists
    How Plant Microbes Could Feed the
    World And Save Endangered Species

    Sept. 6, 2018 — One fine Hawaiian day in 2015, Geoff Zahn and Anthony Amend set off on an eight-hour hike. They climbed a jungle mountain on the island of Oahu, swatting mosquitoes and skirting wallows of wild pigs. The two headed to the site where a patch of critically endangered Phyllostegia kaalaensis had been planted a few months earlier. What they found was dispiriting.

    Click for the hopeful
    story from Science News.

  • Those Orcas Be Dammed (Spelled Correctly)
    An Orca in Grief: Tahlequah’s Call to Arms

    Essay by Rachel Clark: Sept. 5, 2018 — Early this summer, riding ocean swells just west of Washington State’s San Juan Island in a whale-watching vessel and scanning the waves for a glimpse of glistening black fins, I found myself in a difficult place.

    Some chaperone-coordinators and I had brought a group of low-income, “first-generation-to-college” high-school students all the way from north Idaho to see the Southern Resident killer whales, our region’s iconic orca. The students had spent the previous two weeks learning about this unique population of whales in our program’s pilot curriculum, Killer Whales, Salmon & You. From the looks on their faces, our group of youth — many grappling with intensely stressful situations in their lives — obviously felt invested in seeing these whales.

    Click for the whole
    story from The Revelator.

  • Poaching: Helmeted Hornbill Fades from Southeast Asia’s Forests.
    Poached for Its Horn, a Rare
    Bird Struggles to Survive

    Sept. 1, 2018 — The terrain in Budo-Su-ngai Padi National Park in southern Thailand is so steep in places that you can reach out and touch the path in front of you. With each step on the rain-drenched ground, you risk sliding back down. Insects buzz in nose and ears, and if you stop long enough to look around, you’ll see an army of land leeches inching their wormy, blood-hungry little bodies toward you.

    Click for the story and photos
    from National Geographic.

  • Getting the Endangered Lemur Headcount
    Mapping Trees Can Help
    Count Endangered Lemurs

    Aug. 30, 2018 -The vast majority of lemur species are on the edge of extinction, experts warn. But not every lemur species faces a grim future. There may be as many as 1.3 million white-fronted brown lemurs still in the wild, for example, and mouse lemurs may number more than 2 million, a Duke-led study has shown.

    In a study published August 30 in the Journal of Biogeography, researchers show that lemurs are less abundant in areas that lack certain tree species -- even when environmental conditions such as temperature, precipitation and elevation are otherwise suitable.

    Using this relationship, the team was able to come up with the first estimates of total population size for some lesser-known species, such as Crossley’s dwarf lemur. These estimates can be critical baseline data for managing what’s left.

    Click now to read more
    from DukeToday.

  • Huffin’ and Puffin’ for the Icelandic Puffin
    Why Are Puffins Vanishing?
    The Hunt for Clues Goes Deep

    GRIMSEY ISLAND, Iceland, Aug. 29, 2018 — Puffins are in trouble.

    The birds have been in precipitous decline, especially since the 2000s, both in Iceland and across many of their Atlantic habitats. The potential culprits are many: fickle prey, overfishing, pollution. Scientists say that climate change is another underlying factor that is diminishing food supplies and is likely to become more important over time. And the fact that puffins are tasty, and thus hunted as game here, hardly helps.

    Click now to read more from
    the NY Times Climate forward.

  • Call a Whale Expert. This Orca is Sick
    Team Gives Medication To Sick Orca At Sea

    Aug. 10, 2018 -A team of whale experts has injected an ailing orca with antibiotics in a rare emergency effort to save her.

    NOAA Fisheries says the international team reached 3½-year-old orca known as J50 Thursday in the waters near Washington state’s San Juan Island.

    A veterinarian examined the orca. The team of experts gave her a dose of antibiotics through a dart and took a breath sample to help assess whether she has an infection.

    Click now to read the
    story from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Do Manatees & Dolphins Deserve Such Harsh Treatment?
    A Ghost Gene Leaves Ocean
    Mammals Vulnerable to Some Pesticides

    Aug. 9, 2018 -A gene that helps mammals break down certain toxic chemicals appears to be faulty in marine mammals — potentially leaving manatees, dolphins and other warm-blooded water dwellers more sensitive to dangerous pesticides.

    The gene, PON1, carries instructions for making a protein that interacts with fatty acids ingested with food. But that protein has taken on another role in recent decades: breaking down toxic chemicals found in a popular class of pesticides called organophosphates. As the chemicals drain from agricultural fields, they can poison waterways and coastal areas and harm wildlife, says Wynn Meyer, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Click now to read the
    story from Science News.

  • Lemurs Are Very Cute, and They’re Also in Trouble
    95% of Lemur Species Are In Serious Trouble

    Aug. 4, 2018 -People are quick to recognize lemurs, thanks in no small part to the "Madagascar" franchise. Despite their impressive media profile, however, nearly every species of lemur is in danger of extinction.

    Those are the provisional findings of a recent lemur workshop led by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group (PSG), and the findings have resulted in the reclassification of 105 species as either critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species.

    "This is, without a doubt, the highest percentage of threat for any large group of mammals and for any large group of vertebrates,"said Russ Mittermeier, chief conservation officer for Global Wildlife Conservation and chair of the PSG.

    Click now to read more
    from the Mother Nature Network.

  • Fido Says, “Don’t Mess With Our Rhinos”
    To Combat Rhino Poaching, Dogs Are Giving South
    African Park Rangers A Crucial Assist

    Aug. 3, 2018 -Ruben de Kock has been training South Africa’s park rangers for over two decades — but last month was the first time one of his former students was killed on the job.

    The July 19 incident, in which 34-year-old Respect Mathebula died in a shootout, marks the first instance in 50 years of a ranger being killed by poachers in Kruger National Park. Yet given the intensity of rhinoceros poaching in the region, the milestone is as surprising as it is tragic.

    Click now to read more from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Trump Supporters Love to Lion Hunt - Surprise, Surprise
    Lion-Hunting by Trump Donors Is Awful,
    But the Trade in Lion Bones Is Worse

    Aug. 2, 2018 -Last week angry headlines around the world decried the news that the Trump administration had issued trophy-import permits for 38 lions killed by 33 hunters — including many high-rolling Republican donors — between 2016 and 2018.

    Lions (Panthera leo leo) have experienced massive population drops over the past two decades. The big cats gained some protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2016, but the Obama-era regulations still allowed some hunting and trophy imports as long as the host countries could prove that their hunts were sustainable. The Trump administration did away with that requirement last year and instead decreed that it would allow imports on a “case-by-case basis.”

    Click now to read more from The Revelator.

  • King Penguins Face Significant Population Loss
    With One Island’s Losses, the King
    Penguin Species Shrinks By 1/3rd

    Aug. 1, 2018 -What was once the king of the king penguin colonies has lost 85 percent or more of its big showy birds since the 1980s, a drop perhaps big enough to shrink the whole species population by a third.

    In its glory days, an island called Île aux Cochons in the southern Indian Ocean ranked as the largest colony of king penguins. Satellite data suggest numbers peaked at around 500,000 breeding pairs amidst a total of 2 million birds in the 1980s, says seabird specialist Henri Weimerskirch based at University of La Rochelle with CNRS, the French national research service.

    Click now to read more from Science News.

  • One Species’ Pest is Another One’s Survival
    Ecology: A World Without Mosquitoes

    July 21, 2018 -What would happen if there were no mosquitos? Would anyone or anything miss them? Nature put this question to scientists who explore aspects of mosquito biology and ecology, and unearthed some surprising answers.

    There are 3,500 named species of mosquito, of which only a couple of hundred bite or bother humans. They live on almost every continent and habitat, and serve important functions in numerous ecosystems. "Mosquitoes have been on Earth for more than 100 million years," says Murphy, "and they have co-evolved with so many species along the way." Wiping out a species of mosquito could leave a predator without prey, or a plant without a pollinator. And exploring a world without mosquitoes is more than an exercise in imagination: intense efforts are under way to develop methods that might rid the world of the most pernicious, disease-carrying species (see 'War against the winged').

    Click now to read more
    from Nature Weekly Journal.

  • Internet Access Facilitates Rampant Online Wildlife Trade
    Scales, Horns and Skins:
    Available Online, All Day, Everyday

    July 19, 2018 -The Internet has revolutionized the way the world exchanges and consumes ideas, information and merchandise. However, it also has its drawbacks. The Internet has facilitated illegal trade in wildlife, which is having a devastating impact on animals, ecosystems and the communities who rely on them.

    Click now to read the article from  The Revelator.

  • Trump is No Friend to Endangered Species
    Trump Administration Proposes Changes
    to Limit the Endangered Species Act

    July 19, 2018 -The Trump administration is proposing key changes to the Endangered Species Act. It’s a move conservation groups say could greatly weaken the way animals and plants are protected.

    The changes could limit how critical habitat is designated. It would also rollback the protections for threatened species. Instead of extending automatic protections to threatened species, those kinds of decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Click now to learn more from
     Oregon Public Radio.

  • Female Ranger Teams Out There to Stop Poaching
    The Fight to Stop Poaching:
    What If We’ve Been Doing It Wrong?

    July 16, 2018 -Damien Mander has thought a lot about best practices for protecting wildlife.

    As the Australian-born founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, Mander has spent the past 10 years working on the front lines protecting rhino and other wildlife in four African nations. For most of that time his work in this dangerous arena took what he calls “a fairly military approach.” That’s not surprising considering his prior decade-long career with governmental and private military organizations.

    More recently, however, he began to wonder if maybe “we’ve done it wrong all these years.”

    Click now for more from The Revelator.

  • The Painful European Ivory Trade Story
    Illegal Ivory Trade Continues to Thrive In Europe

    July 11, 2018 -International rights group Avaaz says the illegal ivory trade is still alive and well in Europe after the group purchased 109 ivory products from 10 countries and found that many of these items were illegally sourced from wildlife after 1989. The findings further support Avaaz’s mission in calling on Europe to completely end its ivory trade and protect elephants.

    Click now for the the story
    and slideshow from CleanTechnica.

  • Milkweed-Dependent Butterflies at Risk From Climate Change
    Bloodflowers’ Risk to Monarchs Could
    Multiply As Climate Changes

    July 10, 2018 -Climate change could make a showy invasive milkweed called a bloodflower even more of a menace for monarch butterflies than it already is.

    Monarch caterpillars, which feed on plants in the milkweed family, readily feast on Asclepias curassavica. Gardeners in the southern United States plant it for its showy orange blooms, yet the species “is turning out to be a bit of a nightmare,” says Mark Hunter of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Click now for more from Science News.

  • Is The Endangered Species Act Endangered?
    Could the Endangered Species Act Go Extinct?

    July 4, 2018 -When Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act on December 28, 1973, it made the United States the only nation on Earth to declare a basic right of existence for species other than our own. Currently, the law protects more than 1,600 species across the country.

    Now Republicans in Congress are considering several bills they say would “modernize” the Endangered Species Act to make it more business-friendly and prevent the public from suing the federal government to protect species. Some Democrats and conservationists say bills like this would diminish the law’s ability to protect wildlife from extinction.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Allegheny Front.

  • There May Still Be Hope for Endangered White Rhinos
    Researchers Create Hybrid
    Embryos of Endangered White Rhinos

    July 4, 2018 - For the first time, rhinoceros embryos have been made in the lab. Scientists injected preserved sperm from a male northern white rhino into eggs of female southern white rhino, a closely related subspecies. The embryos were incubated until the cells begin to differentiate, a stage at which they can be implanted into a surrogate mother, researchers report July 4 in Nature Communications.

    Click now for the article
    from Science News.

  • Arctic Shipping Route Endanger Creature Inhabitants
    Arctic Shipping Routes Could
    Threaten “Unicorns Of The Sea”

    July 3, 2018 -Narwhals, or the “unicorns of the sea,” could be at risk from additional Arctic shipping routes as polar ice continues to recede. A peer-reviewed study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests as many as seven marine mammal species may face new threats and uncertain consequences from increased ship traffic.

    Click now to for the article
    from Inhabitat, and view a slideshow.

  • Mussel Up Alabama, With Timber Company Help
    Why a Timber Company Is Helping to
    Restore an Endangered Mussel in Alabama

    July 1, 2018 -John Wigginton, machete at the ready, chopped his way through the thick understory of privet, sumac and blackberry brambles one recent June afternoon. Logging trucks, bunchers and skidders rumbled in the distance. It had rained heavily; mosquitoes and deer flies accompanied Wigginton on his march through the forest.

    "This," he said upon reaching a sandy overlook populated with well-aged hardwoods, "is Tallatchee Creek. It is a great stream. And we are protecting it in perpetuity. There's not much more we can do for the channel, except put more species in it.

    Click for more on this story
    from Mother Nature Network.

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